The Belly of the South: Bumpy reception in seaside town for Hirst’s ‘disgusting’ 65ft pregnant woman
Some call it the Angel of the West; others deride it as the Belly of the South.
But, whether they like it or loathe it, the people of Ilfracombe are now the custodians of this giant Damien Hirst sculpture – and they’ll be looking at it for the next two decades.
The 25-ton bronze statue of a heavily pregnant woman holding a sword, arrived in the Devon seaside resort yesterday on a flatbed trailer.
Hundreds of residents came out to catch their first glimpse of the work, which will take more than a week to assemble and install.
Fans call it a ‘modern allegory of truth and justice’, but many townsfolk say it is ‘obscene and disgusting’.
Well, I think she is really beautiful - if Ilfracombe don’t want it, I’ll take it! You can read the rest of the article here and if you’re interested in Verity’s fabrication and installation, then you can read about that here!
This life-size glass skeleton is illuminated by krypton
Krypton, being what chemists call a noble gas, glows when it’s housed inside of a gas-discharge lamp. Craft the lamp’s glass into specific letters and you get luminescent signage —like a red, neon “Open” sign. Hand-shape your own glass, however, and you can create something way more interesting than a boring old window sign. Case in point: Embodiment. That’s the name of the arresting sculpture pictured here. Crafted by Portland-based sculptor Eric Franklin, Embodiment took over 1,000 hours to produce. The sculpture stands at 78-inches tall, and actually comprises 10 separate pieces. Each component had to be sculpted individually by flameworking borosilicate glass before being carefully assembled into the full skeleton you see here.
So beautiful. Click through to read the rest of the article and for more STUNNING photographs.
Transcending the Material
By Ben Cuevas
Exhibited at the Wassaic Project Summer Music and Arts Festival in New York
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The thought-provoking ‘tooth fairy palace’
In the chilly studio of Liverpool-based artist Gina Czarnecki, a fantasy palace has taken shape.
It is a riot of towers and tendrils, resembling something out of Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings.
It has been christened the Tooth Fairy Palace, but like many fairy tales, all is not as it seems as it has been designed to raise awareness about stem cell research and its implications.
The palace will gradually become encrusted with real teeth - the teeth of children.
Amazing! Click the photo to read the rest of the article.
Sculpting skulls out of…fruit and veg?!
These skull-ful creations are turning heads across the globe.
Russian artist Dimitri Tsykalov uses an axe, saw and electrical drill to carve human skulls out of fresh fruit and vegetables.
The 48-year-old then uses a scalpel, pincers and cotton wool pads to add and smooth remarkable detail with ‘surgical precision’.
Dimitiri - who has carved skulls into an apple, melon, cabbage and aubergine - waits for his sculptures to rot and then photographs them.
He said: ‘I enjoy working with my hands and prefer using meat, vegetables and fruits instead of marble, clay and wood.
‘I carefully choose my materials on the basis of size, solidity and colour. They can’t be too ripe but not too hard either.
‘The sculpting is a delicate and meticulous process that requires surgical precision.’
Dimitiri, from Moscow, added: ‘I use an electric drill, saw, axe, kitchen knives, spoons, scalpel, pincers and cotton wool pads.
‘Once I have finished carving, I let oxidation do its work - leaving the sculpted piece of fruit to ripen in my studio over a few days.
‘The flies let me know when it’s ready and time to take a picture.’
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Introducing the work of the über-talented Jason Freeny…